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abolitionism

Overview page. Subjects: Regional and National History.

A term associated with protest on grounds of inhumanity and a call for the abolition of slavery (see, for example, the arguments of William Wilberforce, 1759–1833). More recently extended...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Have emerged from the indigenous adaptation to colonisation and from efforts to govern indigenous Australians more effectively and equitably.

Though there were episodes of...

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Aboriginal art

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

The history of indigenous aesthetic production in what is now Canada is culturally and geographically diverse, dating back several thousand years. Discussion of the topic is complex and...

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Aboriginal art

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Is among the oldest in the world. Work produced today is quite similar to that produced over 20 000 years ago as bark paintings, rock paintings and engravings, and body painting. ...

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Aboriginal cultural ownership

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Attributes custodianship to present-day Aborigines of the sacred objects, lands, and knowledge of their heritage. This rationale underpins sacred site and native title legislation, but has...

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Aboriginal enfranchisement

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

For Aboriginal people, enfranchisement, first legislated under the Province of Canada's Gradual Civilization Act (1857), meant more than the right to vote. As applied to male status...

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Aboriginal games

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

For Canada's First Nations peoples, sport and gaming traditions reflected the requirements of a hunting and gathering society. Various competitions such as foot and horse racing, spear...

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Aboriginal history

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Refers to the history of indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) peoples in Australia, and is frequently used as a shorthand for one aspect of that history, their interactions...

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Aboriginal land claims, northern Canada

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

Land claims are claims that Native peoples press upon the government of Canada on the basis of their Aboriginal rights in territories they have historically occupied. The history of these...

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Aboriginal land rights

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Traditionally arose for men and women both from inheritance and from fulfilment of their particular obligations. Land was the structuring principle of much remembered cultural knowledge,...

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